World Cup 2022: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Breel Embolo strike secures win

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the only goal against Cameroon – the country of his birth – in a tough World Cup Group G opener.

Embolo refused to celebrate as he finished off a slick Swiss attack shortly after the break.

The Indomitable Lions were unfortunate to lose after an enterprising performance at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.

Victory was vital for Switzerland as both sides still have to face Brazil in the group.

Embolo moved with his family from Cameroon to Switzerland as a six-year-old and pledged his allegiance to the European nation after being granted citizenship in 2014.

At the age of just 18, he founded the Embolo Foundation to support refugee children in Switzerland and disadvantaged children in the country of his birth.

He said before the game it would be “a very special occasion to play against Cameroon” and when he scored he raised his arms in respect and closed his eyes.

His attack secured victory for a side with high expectations – boss Murat Yakin declared his side “the best Switzerland team ever” and said he expected them to achieve their best return at a World Cup.

Yet they struggled in the first half amid a lively start from Cameroon and should have gone behind, with Eric Choupo-Moting, Bryan Mbeumo and Martin Hongla all missing attractive opportunities.

The goal shook Cameroon and the Swiss had chances to extend their lead, only for Andre Onana to save superbly from Ruben Vargas, while Embolo and substitute Haris Seferovic were denied by last-ditch defending.

The Indomitable Lions have now lost eight consecutive matches at the World Cup finals, but Rigobert Song’s side have impressed at times here.

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Their next game against Serbia will be crucial if they are to stand any chance of becoming the first Cameroon side to progress beyond the group stage since 1990.

For Switzerland, the win gives them a break before their match against group favorites Brazil on Monday.

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Switzerland

  1. Group number1Player nameJust as well

  2. Group number3Player nameWidmer

  3. Group number5Player nameAkanji

  4. Group number4Player nameElvedi

  5. Group number13Player nameRodríguez

  6. Group number8Player nameFreuler

  7. Group number10Player nameXhaka

  8. Group number23Player nameShaqiri

  9. Group number15Player nameSow

  10. Group number17Player nameVargas

  11. Group number7Player nameEmbolo

  1. Group number9Player nameSeferovic

  2. Group number18Player nameCömert

  3. Group number19Player nameOkafor

  4. Group number20Player nameFree

  5. Group number25Player nameRieder

Cameroon

  1. Group number23Player nameMasturbating

  2. Group number19Player nameCollins Fai

  3. Group number21Player nameCastelletto

  4. Group number3Player nameNkoulou

  5. Group number25Player nameTolo

  6. Group number8Player nameAnguissa

  7. Group number14Player nameUncle Gouet

  8. Group number18Player nameHongla

  9. Group number20Player nameMbeumo

  10. Group number13Player nameChoupo-Moting

  11. Group number12Player nameToko-Ekambi

  1. Group number5Player nameOndoua

  2. Group number6Player nameNgamaleu

  3. Group number7Player nameNkoudou

  4. Group number10Player nameAboubakar

Line-ups

Switzerland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Just as well
  • 3Widmer
  • 5AkanjiBook at 83 minutes
  • 4ElvediBook by 64min
  • 13RodríguezSubstitute forCömertat 90′minutes
  • 8Freuler
  • 10Xhaka
  • 23ShaqiriSubstitute forOkaforat 72′minutes
  • 15SowSubstitute forFreeat 71′minutes
  • 17VargasSubstitute forRiederat 81′minutes
  • 7EmboloSubstitute forSeferovicat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fernandes
  • 6Zakaria
  • 9Seferovic
  • 12Around
  • 14Aebischer
  • 16Fassnacht
  • 18Cömert
  • 19Okafor
  • 20Free
  • 21Koble
  • 22Schär
  • 24Koen
  • 25Rieder
  • 26Jashari

Cameroon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Masturbating
  • 19Fai CollinsBook by 36min
  • 21Castelletto
  • 3Nkoulou
  • 25Tolo
  • 8Anguissa
  • 14Uncle Gouet
  • 18HonglaSubstitute forOndouaat 68′minutes
  • 20MbeumoSubstitute forNgamaleuat 81′minutes
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstitute forAboubakarat 74′minutes
  • 12Toko-EkambiSubstitute forNkoudouat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ngapandouetnbu
  • 2Ngom Mbekeli
  • 4Wow
  • 5Ondoua
  • 6Ngamaleu
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 9Nsame
  • 10Aboubakar
  • 11bassogog
  • 15Customer
  • 16Epassy
  • 17Mbaizo
  • 22Ntcham
  • 24Ebony
  • 26Marou

Referee:
Facundo Tello

Attendance:
39,089

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